Hello everyone, I am trying to write a personal statement for graduate school, and I am not sure what to say. I started off by saying that I would like to eventually become a professor in order to give students research opportunities that I wasn't given as an undergraduate student (because I went to a very small school), and that I would like to encourage all students, especially women, to be confident in their work and to follow their goals. I also wrote about using my own methods (if methods is the correct word to use) to decide on a career choice, such as signing up for mentorship programs and eventually doing an REU. Then I talked a little bit about the REU and said that I am presenting at the AAS conference in January (though I am not even sure this essay will be read until after the AAS meeting). I guess I should also add that I was a physics lab TA. My college career has not been that impressive, so my essay is pretty short. If there are any professors on graduate committees out there, can you help me out?